Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

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and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).

Certified to operate an institution of postsecondary education in Virginia by The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Adult Echocardiography

  • 100% pass rates on registry exams (2011, 2012, 2013 & 2014)
  • 100% placement rate (2014)
  • Intensive hands-on learning experience.
  • Clinical exposure in some of the most highly advanced technological settings.
  • Small clinical and class sizes
  • Average salary for Adult Echocardiography Technologists - $45k-$55k annually.



An echocardiogram is one of the most widely used diagnostic tests for heart disease. These tests are performed by an Echocardiography Technologist (Echo Tech)An echocardiogram is performed in a one on one setting in a hospital or outpatient facility.  To perform the test, the Echo Tech utilizes ultrasound equipment to gather data about the structure and function of the cardiac chambers, valves, and vessels leading to and from the heart. 

There are multiple types of tests that can be performed by an Echo Tech.  These include:  transthoracic echocardiogram, transesophogeal echocardiogram, and a stress echocardiogram (a.k.a. Stress Test).  These tests may be performed in conjunction with a physician. 

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About the Associate's Degree in Cardiovascular Technology Program

  • Daytime, fulltime—Monday through Friday
  • Program now offered every August!
  • Graduate with your Associate's Degree and be eligible to sit for the registry examinations
  • Enjoy priority placement within the Sentara Healthcare System

Admission Requirements

Currently accepting for the August 2015 session.

  • All coursework must be completed with a “C-” or higher from an accredited institution.
  • Sentara College does not expire general education courses.
  • General education courses are not offered at Sentara College.

General Education Requirements
(General Education Requirements subject to change without notice.)

A minimum of 10 credits from the below list of general education courses must be completed to apply.

ALL courses must be completed prior to beginning the Cardiovascular Technology Program in August.

College Level Requirement


Anatomy & Physiology I w/lab

4 credits

Anatomy & Physiology II w/lab

4 credits

Chemistry w/lab

4 credits

Physics w/lab

4 credits

College Algebra

3 credits

English Composition (NEW for Aug 2015)

3 credits

Fine Arts OR Humanities Elective (NEW for Aug 2015)

 3 credits 

Social Science Elective (NEW for Aug 2015)

3 credits


28 credits

For transcripts reviews, please join us for an Academic Planning and Information Session.

Any foreign transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved organization first.
Please click here for information on local college general education equivalents.

Preadmission Testing Requirement
The TEAS V for Allied Health is required for consideration into the Cardiovascular Technology Program.  For more information about this test and how to prepare for and register please click here.

Admission Process

Admission Process for August 2015 Echocardiography Applicants Only:

1. Deadline to apply May 15, 2015.  Submit your application, your college transcripts and the $85 non-refundable administrative processing fee.  Please note:  You may only apply for one specialty.

2. TEAS V for Allied Health test must be completed and submitted by May 15, 2015.

3. Decisions will be rendered and applicants will be notified by June 1, 2015.

4. If accepted, the non-refundable enrollment processing fee of $100 is due by July 1, 2015.

5. ALL official transcripts for all general education course requirements due by August 1, 2015 Students will not be allowed to start classes unless the College has official transcripts.

Advanced Placement for the Cardiovascular Technology Program

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Registered Sonographers (for non-invasive specialties)
  • Registered Radiologic Technologists certified in cardiovascular technology (for the invasive specialty)
  • Cardiovascular Technology graduates from Sentara College who are seeking a second specialty

For full details on Advanced Placement in the Cardiovascular Technology Program please see our Catalog.

Tuition and Fees

  • In-state and Out-of-State tuition, fees, and expenses are the same.
  • Financial Aid is available for those who qualify.  GI Bill and VA Benefits can also be used.  Please see our Financial Aid page for more information.
  • Additional expenses such as uniforms/shoes, textbooks, supplies, parking, immunizations, BLS certification, and hospital ID badge are the responsibility of the student.  Detailed information on these items will be distributed at Registration.

Please note:  Tuition and Fees are subject to change without notice.

  • Adult Echocardiography Program (August 2015) - Total Program cost is $19,192 for tuition and fees.  Includes the ARDMS Registry Exam fee. A total of 51 credit hours at $317 per credit hour.

    Estimated cost of uniforms:  $150
    Estimated cost of new books:  $931-1,346
    Enrollment processing fee of $100 is required upon acceptance to reserve a seat.

Please note: Ultrasound Instrumentation courses at Tidewater Community College are required for students in the Echocardiography and Peripheral Vascular specialties of the Program. Tuition costs for those courses, for in-state and out-of-state residents are in addition to the costs indicated above.